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scat1

[skat] /skæt/
verb (used without object), scatted, scatting. Informal.
1.
to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; of uncertain origin

scat2

[skat] /skæt/
verb (used without object), scatted, scatting.
1.
to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.
noun
Origin
1925-30; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for scatting

scat1

/skæt/
verb scats, scatting, scatted
1.
(intransitive; usually imperative) (informal) to go away in haste
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats

scat2

/skæt/
noun
1.
a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
verb scats, scatting, scatted
2.
(intransitive) to sing jazz in this way
Word Origin
C20: perhaps imitative

scat3

/skæt/
noun
1.
any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-

scat4

/skæt/
noun
1.
an animal dropping
Word Origin
C20: see scato-
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Word Origin and History for scatting
scat
"go away!" 1838, from expression quicker than s'cat "in a great hurry," probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat.
scat
"nonsense patter sung to jazz," 1926, probably of imitative origin, from one of the syllables used.
scat
"filth, dung," 1950, from Gk. stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).
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Slang definitions & phrases for scatting

scat 1

modifier

: precise ''scat'' singing

noun

Pattering staccato gibberish sung to songs, esp jazz songs: Then I'd carry on some of my scat

verb

: Scatting has almost always been used by jazz singers as an interlude

[1926+ Jazz musicians; origin unknown; probably one of the nonsense syllables used]


scat 2

verb

To drive or otherwise move very fast

[1950s+ Teenagers; fr early 1800s ss cat, a hissing address designed to drive away a cat; the earliest occurrence is in the expression quicker than ss'cat]


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Related Abbreviations for scatting

SCAT

  1. School and College Ability Test
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Encyclopedia Article for scatting

scat

in biology, any of four species of fishes constituting the family Scatophagidae (order Perciformes). The few species are placed into two genera, Selenotoca and Scatophagus. They are found in marine waters or estuaries of the Indo-Pacific region from the western coast of India to New Guinea and northern Australia and also along the coast of Africa. Occasionally they may enter various freshwater habitats. Scats are known as scavengers, eating decaying plant and animal remains and fecal matter

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